The beeswax

beewax from Spain

Beewax is a product made by bees with many uses, among them are: the manufacture of natural cosmetics and candles. However, with the emergence of other products derived from petroleum, synthetic wax emerges, a product that for its price and ease of production has replaced natural beeswax.

Synthetic wax can be a substitute for many things, but it will never be a substitute for the production of cosmetic products. If you want natural cosmetics recipes, you will find them in: Recipes of natural cosmetics with olive oil

In our shop in El Cortijuelo de San Benito in Las Rozas de Madrid and in our online shop, we offer you the best variety of cosmetic products based on beeswax, raw honey, propolis and royal jelly. Here you can buy: anti-ageing creams, anti-wrinkle creams, regenerators, lip protectors, hand creams, hair loss shampoos, gels, soaps, body milk, etc.

What is wax?

Beewax is a fatty substance secreted by the wax glands of young worker bees. Bees produce small scales of transparent wax that are approximately 1.5 mm long and 1 mm wide.  The workers then crush them with their jaws, crush them and mix them with their own glandular substances.

Finally, they use it as a building material to build the cells and the honeycomb as a whole. They build this by gluing the sipes one after the other.

Where to buy beewax?

Beewax can be bought from any beekeeper, who sells it to you in sheets or cast. Make sure it is 100 percent natural, as there are some who sell beewax for synthetic wax, as we will count below.

The Cortijuelo de San Benito, in Las Rozas de Madrid, can supply you with beewax, but this can only be purchased on request. We sell it in ecological and conventional sheets.

Advice: Selling fake wax

Markus Baermann, a specialist in beekeeping, bees and honey, has lost hundreds of hives, all valued at around 80 000 euros. It’s all his fault, the purchase of wax plates, which didn’t match the bees..

Imagine, you’re a worker and you’re oozing tiles all over your belly. “This saying literally translated from German, which is used by German beekeepers to explain how bees make their wax.

A beekeeping and honey expert from Germany, Markus Baermann, increased his queen bee hive a few years ago in order to obtain more hives. As a result, he had to buy additional wax sheets for his hives.

After a few months, Markus Bärmenn began to observe some damage to some of his hives without knowing the exact cause. As an expert in bees and honey, he is also required to travel frequently throughout south-west Germany for work purposes. After numerous trips and visits to a large number of hives, he also began to frequently observe the same symptoms found in his affected hives.

Finding these similar problems in numerous hives, he carried out research throughout Europe to find the cause of these damages. After careful research, he came to the unequivocal conclusion that whoever produced the beeswax sheets for the formation of the hives had a fierce desire for profit, as he made them from wax from China and other countries.

Samples of these waxes were taken to laboratories in Austria and resulted in the result that the beeswax that was sold as such was not beeswax, but another product. According to a beekeeper, it’s like beeswax, it looks like beeswax, it smells like wax, but it’s not wax.

honeycomb of beewax

Photo: honeycomb

A product that is lethal to honey bees.

According to reliable sources from Markus: “We know that at least 40 tons of fraudulent wax has reached the German city of Hamburg, from there it was taken to Belgium and then back to Germany. Also, China so well sold to other countries adulterated wax or mixed with quality wax. This artificial wax only costs 8 euros, a very profitable business, when natural wax in Germany costs about 50 euros.

This bee specialist cannot believe it, according to him: “This was brought to the market, knowing that it was a scam, because it is known that in natural wax sheets the holes in the cells are not defined. There is also no standard, which describes exactly how natural beeswax should be.

Heinrich Hammann, an employee in the wax sales sector in Hassloch in Remania-Pfalz, Germany, produces wax plates for beehives and is also the president of the Beekeepers’ Association in Remania-Pfalz, a province of Germany. He was cautious and according to him, the damages caused by this fraud have been very limited. Nor does he believe that this is a national or larger scale scandal.

Beekeepers in this province of Germany are confused.  Markus Baermann also prophesies that if this continues, quality beekeeping and raw honey will disappear from Europe.

It is clear that when you find a very cheap product on the market, something is hidden, and as my grandfather used to say very often, cheap is very expensive.

The next video where they see their hives and honeycombs with fraudulent wax, The video is in German, forgive me if it’s in another language, but I can’t do anything else.

Beeswax for creams

Beewax is a fantastic natural product for making creams, as it helps to create a film on the skin and protect it. There are many recipes, and here we will give you some.

Anti-wrinkle cream with beewax and extra virgin olive oil
The anti-wrinkle cream with wax and olive oil, is an easy to make and spectacular cream to moisturize the skin and delay the effects of aging.

  • Ingredients:

5 tablespoons beeswax

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Elaboration:

Add the beewax to a glass bowl and place it in a bain-marie.

2. Once the wax is liquid, add the extra virgin olive oil.

3. Wait until it cools down

4. Once cold it is ready to use.

Keep in the refrigerator.

Is beeswax edible?

Beeswax can be eaten and nothing will happen to you, but our body will not draw energy from it or any beneficial properties. Eating wax is like chewing gum, but with the discomfort that then sticks to your teeth. Therefore, it makes very little sense to eat wax.

Source:

The German media

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